Best Seller: War Song (Library of Arabic Literature)

War SongLove poems and battle written by the legendary Arabian warrior
From the highlands of the sixth century of Najd in Najd, in the Arabian peninsula in the Arabian peninsula, just before the introduction of Islam as it was then, came the loud cry of a legendary warrior and poet. 

War Song The black, outcast child from an Arab father and an Ethiopian slave mother, ‘Antarah Ibn Shaddad was a fighter for the respect of his tribe and father. He defied social conventions in his quest to be accepted by the tribe and, regardless of exclusion status, fought for his tribe.

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War SongThe ‘Antarah’s captured his turbulent life in a soaring poetry that blends moments of tenderness and blood-curdling violence. The war songs of his reflect his long-running struggle to gain the respect of his people as well as the affection of ‘Ablah, the liberated woman he adored but was not allowed from her relatives.

War Songs presents the poetry that is attributed to the ‘Antarah. It also includes poems from the Epic of ‘Antar. This is a well-loved story-cycle that continues and delight Arab people even to this day, with stories of hero’s epic feats of endurance and strength. The voice of ‘Antarah is heard here and for the very first time, in contemporary, vibrant English singing its timeless beliefs: a commitment to beliefs, devotion to family and friends, and loyalty to one’s loved ones.

Product details

  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Publication date : October 9, 2018
  • Language : English
  • Size of the file:4165 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Typesetting enhancement:Enabled
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  • Print length : 437 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled

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Antarah Ibn Shaddadwas one of the more famous warrior poets of the pre-Islamic Arab world. A semi-legendary hero dating back to in the 6th century AD, Antarah was born in to slavery, the son of an Arab father and an African mother. Many of his poems speak about his affection for ‘Ablah, the child of tribe’s Shaykh. A love that was thwarted by his poor social standing.

James E. Montgomery is the author of Al-Jahiz In the Name of Books is Sir Thomas Adams’s professor of Arabic of The University of Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity Hall. His most recent publications include the Loss Sings which he co-authored with the well-known Scottish artist Alison Watt, and Diwan Antarah Ibn Shaddad A Study of Literary and Historical Studies.

Richard Sieburth is an associate professor of French and Comparative Literature at New York University and a prestigious translator for works written by Henri Michaux, Michel Leiris, George Buchner, Walter Benjamin along with Friedrich Holderlin. His translation of Gerard de Nerval’s Selected Writings won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month-Club Translation Prize.

Peter Cole has published a number of poetry collections as well as a number of volumes of translations of Hebrew and Arabic as well as modern and medieval. He has been awarded numerous awards due to his works, such as an Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. Also, In 2007, he was awarded as a MacArthur Fellow. This text refers to the paperback edition.

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